Athletes of the Week: Aten, Mehta

Athletes of the Week: Aten, Mehta

Austin Aten
Champaign Central, senior, tennis

Recently: Won all four of his matches, improving season record to 24-1, and was the champion at No. 1 singles in the Moline Invitational.

In his own words: “I was hitting clean and played well. There was only one set where someone won more than two games off me.”

I sent my last text to ... Maddy Miller.

I’m driving ... a Lexus RX 300.

I need tickets to ... the U.S. Open.

My favorite court is ... Atkins Tennis Center.

My favorite professional team is the ... Atlanta Braves.

Before a match, I’m listening to ... Beyonce’.

After a match, I’m eating ... at Chipotle.

My pet peeve is ... when people eat loudly.

In five years ... Graduating from college at the University of Indianapolis with a master’s degree in physical therapy

Central High School is ... very diverse, but I can’t wait to get out. I’m stricken with senioritis.

Honorable mention: Chase Connelly, Bismarck-Henning track and field; Sam Hohlfelder, Mahomet-Seymour track and field; Ben Jennings, Cissna Park baseball; Patrick Kearney, Centennial tennis; Taylor Kirby, Salt Fork track and field; Dylan Marble, Danville baseball; Braxton Parisi, St. Thomas More baseball; Nick Porter, Paxton-Buckley-Loda track and field; Andrew Scaggs, Centennial tennis; Cole Sloniger, Champaign Central tennis; Josh Wallick, Fisher track and field; Kyle Williams, Fisher baseball; Michael Yoo, Champaign Central tennis

Twinkle Mehta
Mahomet-Seymour, junior, track and field

Recently: Was the Corn Belt Conference champion in the 200- and 400-meter races, helped the 3,200 relay to victory and placed fourth in the 800.

In her own words: “I was surprised I won the 200. It was my fourth race, and I was seeded second. I won (the 200) last year, but it was a weaker field. The 4-by-8 (relay) was nice. It’s fun to run with your team.”

I sent my last text to ... Sarah Knight.

I’m driving ... a 2008 Honda Civic.

I need tickets to ... Ke$ha or Miley Cyrus.

My favorite track is ... the state one at Eastern Illinois University.

My favorite college team is the ... Oregon track team.

Before a meet, I’m listening to ... Bet On It, from “High School Musical II.”

After a meet, I’m eating ... pasta.

My pet peeve is ... homework.

In five years ... In pre-med, hoping to become a cardiac surgeon, and running track in college

Mahomet-Seymour High School is a school where ... everyone hears our school motto, ‘Committed to Excellence,’ and I think it couldn’t be more true. I feel like I have the best teachers, the best coaches and the best teammates. Everyone’s hardworking and excited to be here.

Honorable mention: Nicole Bagwell, Unity track and field; Mary Bass, Bismarck-Henning track and field; Jess Clarke, LeRoy track and field; Preslie Fletcher, Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac track and field; Tori Gaesser, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley track and field; Emma Henderson, Tuscola track and field; Sarah Knight, Mahomet-Seymour track and field; Phoenix Lacombe, Bismarck-Henning softball; Lydia Lienhart, Monticello soccer; Betsy Lovett, Clinton track and field; Ashlynn McConaha, St. Joseph-Ogden softball; Abby Nicholson, Salt Fork track and field; Akalah Spinks, Rantoul track and field

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